Sew Long Summer: Never Ending Summer

We are at the mid way point for this weeks theme of Never Ending Summer.  These are the pieces that make us keep that summer cheer all year round.  Those garments that you can wear in the summer and then again in the winter.

Musings of a Seamstress - Summer Concert Tee

For me, one of those garments is Dixie DIY’s Summer Concert Tee.  It may be because summer is in the name of the pattern, but this one makes me think summer all year.  It is loose, flows well and has the perfect hi-lo hem.  Once made up in a big floral print, it screams summer even more.  There is also some lime green in the print that just didn’t show up well in the photos.

Musings of a Seamstress - Summer Concert Tee

This is my 4th version of this top and I think it may be my favorite so far.  I used 2 yards of a cotton jersey knit from Girl Charlee’s August KnitFix.  This was my first ever KnitFix and it was amazing!  I highly recommend you try it some time, if you haven’t already.

Musings of a Seamstress - Summer Concert Tee

I did eliminate the sleeve bands and added 1/2″ to the length of the sleeve instead because I like where the sleeve hits better.  I also added 5″ to the length of the top, partially because I am stubborn and did not pre-wash my fabric.  I know it is going to shrink and probably do some other crazy things too once it has been washed.  I also added the length for my own personal comfort.  The base length of the pattern just does not hit in a spot that I would prefer for my body.  Plus, I love the look it creates when worn with shorts and sandals.  It feels very boho and fun to me.  All I need now is a  big floppy hat and lots of silver bangles and I am ready for Coachella.

Musings of a Seamstress - Summer Concert Tee

Now, obviously I cannot wear this with shorts and sandals during the winter.  Instead, I plan on changing up the look by wearing it with skinny jeans, boots and a great scarf.  It is for sure 86 degrees out and with the humidity the RealFeel is 96 degrees.  The things we do for blog photos!

Show us your Never Ending Summer garments by joining the link up on Melissa’s page and posting in our Facebook group.

Sew Long Summer: Summer Crush

I know I am a day late in posting this for the Summer Crush theme last week, but I had some family things to take care of yesterday that prevented me from finishing everything up.  Not to worry, everyone is doing good now.  Eric and I just had to attend to several different family members yesterday all for different issues.  It was a busy weekend for us, which culminated with me having jury duty today.  Luckily, I didn’t get picked, because I don’t think I could handle the case that was being presented.

I still want to share the garment I made for Summer Crush though. Here it is, better late than never.

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 frontOn Saturday, I mentioned my summer crush this year is the maxi dress.  Here is the newest one I have made. Another version of McCall’s 6073!  Big surprise, right?!

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 backThis is my third version of this pattern this year and I am not even close to sick of it.  The pattern is so flattering to my body type that most of my dresses are this type of style.  The belt does a great  job of accentuating my midsection, while the crossover shows off my curves well.  The overall length of the bodice hits me in a great spot so the skirt makes me look taller.  The gathers of the skirt help to hide my tummy too.

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 sideThis version is a whole lot of floral!  I love the print of this ITY Knit and I also have it in a purple colorway.  Both of these were purchased from my job way back in June at $1.12 a yard. I also added an underlining to the bodice of white swimwear lining for to help support the weight of the skirt.  I used 3.25 yards of the ITY and .75 yards of the swimwear lining  for a total cost of $8.24.  Not too bad! Not bad at all!

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 sidebackI  did make a couple of minor alterations to this version.  First, I took the crossover at the belt down by about 1″ to eliminate some of the gaping open at the chest.  This didn’t quite do the trick so I took the shoulders up in the front only by 1.5″ and now it is perfect.  There is no gaping open and it fits nicely around my curves.

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 frontThis weeks theme is Never Ending Summer, where we are sewing garments that keep us in a summer state of mind all year round.  I have one garment ready but am not contemplating making a second.  Head on over to Melissa’s blog to read more about this week’s theme and join the linky party!

5 Tips to Speed Up Your Sewing

sewlongsummer-badgeHow is your summer sewing going? Sew Long Summer is off and running, and it is not too late to join in on the fun!  This weeks theme is Summer Crush and it is all about trying those patterns you have been crushing on but not sewing up for one reason or another.  My personal summer crush is maxi dresses.  I have made 5 this summer.  I will be sharing my newest one tomorrow, after I have a much needed photo shoot.

This weeks theme runs until tomorrow night, so you still have plenty of time to get something sewn up for it.  I have a few tips to help you save some time too!  Working in the garment industry has given me some great insight on how to speed up my personal sewing.  I want to share a few things I have learned and adapted for home sewing.  Maybe you can try them throughout this sew along and beyond.

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  1. Pre-cutting projects – I tried this out this past spring with great success!  Take a few hours and cut out several different projects.  Cutting is my least favorite part of sewing and as a result I can some how magically make it last way too long before I get to the actual sewing.  I found that if I set up my cutting table in front of the tv and put on Netflix, I can watch several episodes of a series or a couple of movies and end up with 3 or 4 projects cut and marked.  Then I can take a day over the weekend and sew up all those projects.  Depending on how busy work is, sometimes I just get a project cut out, after diner, each weeknight and then sew them up on the weekend.  As a bonus, it is super gratifying to end up with multiple finished projects in one day.
  2. Sew the same color garments – Sewing garments that are similar in color will allow you to change your thread less. Less time changing thread, searching for coordinating thread, or going out to purchase thread means more time sewing.  If I have black thread on my machine and serger I might as well sew up the black dress, skirt and anything else that I have been wanting to get too.
  3. Sew similar styles of garments – This same philosophy from the last tip goes for this one too.  If I have cut multiple projects out I try to make them similar styles. It is easier to sew this way because the basic order of construction stays the same between styles.  Small details and techniques may vary but if you are sewing a top you are going to stitch the shoulder seams, insert sleeves, close up side seam and sleeve, then hem.  Why not make it an assembly line process?  Have 4 tops cut that could all use the same thread, then complete the same steps for each garment instead of sewing one garment at a time, start to finish.  You will be surprised at how much time you save by when you do this.
  4.  Sew without pins – This is huge and it took some practice.  Have you ever stopped to think about how much time you spend pinning garments as you sew?  Try timing yourself when you pin each seam, dart or hem.  I can sew princess seams better and faster without pinning them and all it takes is a little practice.  Start by pinning your seam like you normally would.  Remove every other pin.  Now sew that seam.  Continue this until you are comfortable sewing with half the amount of pins.  Then do it again.  Keep going until you are down to no pins.  You will learn to have better control of the fabric and the final outcome.  When I sew without pins I start by making a few stitches, line up my ends and never let go of it in my left hand, find a mid point with my right hand and stitch away. Keep practicing this, you will amaze yourself with how quickly you can pick it up.
  5. Plan your sewing – All of these tips lead up to one big one.  Plan what you sew!  If you are anything like me you may have a large fabric stash, with a lot if pieces having been acquired with the thought of  “Oh, this would make a great (dress, top, etc)”.  I know that is generally my fabric purchasing mentality.  As a result, I have a lot of garment ideas just begging to be in my closet.  With this, I can pull a few pieces from the stash and match them with the desired pattern easily.  About once a season I go through the stash and pull fabrics and patterns I am inspired to sew up and put them on my shelf in full view.  Then all I have to do is pull the similar styles and colors to cut and sew when I am ready too.  It makes it easier to build a solid wardrobe as well when you have a plan of what to make.  I know that if I am making a top I also have something I can make to wear with it.  There have been several times, in the past, where I have made something awesome like a top, but cannot wear it because I didn’t have a coordinating color, fabric or style to go with it.

I hope you enjoyed these tips and can use them in your own sewing.  Let me know how they work out for you.

Next weeks Sew Long Summer theme is Never-ending Summer, where we will be sewing garments to keep us in a summer state of mind all year long.  

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Sew Long Summer Kickoff Giveaway

Yep! You read that right!  This post is all about a giveaway!  Get excited!

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I didn’t mention a lot about what this sew along will entail in my last post, so I wanted to take a minute to do that now.

Sew Long Summer is the brain child of host Melissa of Mahlicadesigns  and co-hosted by Elizabeth of Elizabeth Made This, Cindy of cindyparrett.com, Ashley of Sewn by Ashley, and myself. You can read all of our bio’s here at Meet the Co-Host.

The sew along will last four weeks starting on August 24th and ending on September 22nd, the last day of summer.  We will be celebrating the end of summer and welcoming fall.  Each week will have a different theme to help you stay motiated

Summer Crush is Monday August 24th – Sunday August 30th.

This theme will be all about trying those summer patterns that you have been putting off for one reason or another.  It is also a time for finishing some of the UFO’s that have built up over the last couple of months.  Now is the time to do it.

Never Ending Summer is Monday August 31st – Sunday September 6th.

We will be sewing garments that keep us thinking summer all year round.  What do you want to wear when there are 6′ of snow outside in the middle of January?  Is it bright sunshiny colors  and prints? Or lightweight fabrics that can be worn now and layered in the colder months ahead?

Holi-Daze is Monday September 7th – Sunday September 13th

Labor day falls within this week, and we want to see what special things you are wearing.  This is also a time to start planning and prepping your holiday wardrobe for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Fabulous Fall is Monday September 14th – Tuesday September 22

Since this is the last week of  summer, we will be looking ahead to fall sewing.  What is on your list of must make fall garments?  Let’s get a jump start on sewing those fall items now.

Start thinking about what you will be making now.  If you would like to share your creation simply use the hashtag #sewlongsummer15 on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, view/request to add photos in the Flickr album, or Pinterest Board. You can also share your creations through link up parties that will go live for each week’s theme.

Now, on to the giveaway.  To kick things off right we have a fabulous prize package for you to win. It includes a Friskers Scissors Sharperner , MyPad Needle Keeper, and a  $20 Joann’s Giftcard. I hope you are excited about these great prizes. Enter now via the Rafflecopter below.

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Good luck!!

 

July Round-up

Hey, how was your July?  Mine was not the best so far this year.  I only sewed up 6.25 yards, 3.25 yards of which was new fabric.  Not great!  Typically, July is not my best sewing month.  It’s summer and Eric and I are busy: our anniversary, 4th of July, and just general being outside.  To make matters worse, I haven’t blogged about a single thing I made.  I didn’t even get around to posting about some of the topics I thought I would for the Stashbusting Sewalong.  I am really hoping my sewjo returns this month.

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Speaking of August, do you know what will be happening at the end of the month?  I am co-hosting the Sew Long Summer Sewalong!  We plan on celebrating the end of summer and looking forward to fall by sewing.  We will provide you with lots of motivation and inspiration to get you cutting and stitching!  This sewalong is the brain child of Mahlica of Mahlica Designs and I am so honored she is allowing me and my other co-hosts to join in the fun with her.  Who are the other co-hosts you ask?  Well they are the fabulous Cindy Parrett,  the stylish Ashley from Sewn By Ashley, and the amazing Elizabeth from Elizabeth Made This!  We have been working hard planing an amazing end of summer sewing celebration.  Check out Mahlica’s blog for all the fun details and pick up our awesome blog button for your own blog!

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Will you join us in saying Sew Long Summer?

Adoption t-shirts now available

Clevenger Adoption

Unisex T-shirt $20

Hey everyone, I have something I am super excited to share with you!  Eric and I have  started a new fundraising push for our adoption by selling t-shirts through Bonfire.  I designed the shirt to represent all of you who are standing behind us, supporting us and cheering us on.  You all mean the world to us for all of the things you do and have done for us.  I chose not to put our name on the shirt or make it very specific to our adoption because I wanted it to represent an overall support of adoption and what it represents.  I really like what I came up with and I hope you do too!

Clevenger Adoption

Sweatshirt $45

We have set the goal to sell 100 shirts over  the next 21 days.  In order for this fundraiser to be successful we need all of your help!  We really want to make this work and give you all a great product for your support.  I am a big believer in getting something for any donation you make to us, so I love the idea of a t-shirt fundraiser.

We have several options available.

  •  Unisex t-shirt $20
  • Ladies slim fit $20
  • Long Sleeve $25
  • Sweatshirt $45
  • Youth $15
Clevenger Adoption

Long sleeve $25

We need to sell a minimum of 11 shirts in order for them to go into production.  This is totally doable with your help. However, if we do not hit 11 shirts sold, they will not be produced and everyone who did pre-order one will not be charged.  We do not want that to happen, so please help us by purchasing a shirt and sharing this fundraiser with your friends and family.

Once the project has successfully finished the shirts will ship out directly to you within 14 business days.  I look forward to sharing the successful results of this fundraiser with you all!

What are you waiting for? Go check the shirts out and pre-order yours today!

Mini Vacation

Hey everyone!  How’s it going?  Eric and I are doing great.  We were lucky enough to take a mini vacation to Dale Hollow Lake, one of our favorite spots, this past week to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary.  Let me tell you, we had a blast for the short time we were there.  We left on Sunday and were back on Tuesday.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

The scenery driving through Kentucky is just gorgeous! Since we live in Indiana our drives are normally pretty flat with lots of corn and soybean fields, so being in the hills of Kentucky is a treat for long road trips.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

Of course, I wore my own makes the entire time we were there!  Also, that tent behind us was a gift for our wedding 8 years ago that had never been used.  I am so glad we finally got to break it in and I cannot wait to go camping again with a few bits of glamping added in.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

Monday, we decided we would hike the 2 miles from our campsite down to the marina.  I forgot my tennis shoes, so I footed it in my sandals.  Probably not the wisest decision I have ever made, but the walk was well worth it.  Next time I will remember them and we can go on other hikes, like the waterfall at Sulpher Creek.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

I think I made Eric stop about every half mile so I could take some pictures.  I didn’t bring my camera, just my phone.  Lately, my phone has been taking far superior photos anyways.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

Once we made it to the marina an hour later, we had to wait around for the rest of our small group (Eric’s dad and a family friend) to wake up and meet us.  While waiting I spotted this moth and was able to get super close to take this picture.  I love the coloring and the patterning.  I am feeling very inspired to make a jumpsuit out of a fabric that is similar.  What do you guys think?  Let me know of any fabrics if you spot them.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

Eventually, we made it out on the water where we spent most of the day.  Dale Hollow Lake is a 27,000 acre reservoir on the border of Kentucky and Tennessee with some of the most gorgeous relaxing views you will ever see. With it being a Monday the lake was not overcrowded making it relatively calm waters.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

I am not one who likes to swim in lakes, because I cannot see to the bottom.  Once, when I was a kid, I had a leach that stuck to the bottom of my foot after getting out of the lake that may have something a lot to do with this.  It takes a lot of coaxing to get me into the water, which is 84 feet deep at this point.  Once I do get in I really do enjoy it though.  Look at the color of that water!  Talk about serene blue.  I would like to say that my previously made swimsuit held up pretty well too.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

The only new make that I brought was this previously unblogged version of McCall’s 6744.  I made it before the trip from 1.25 yards of Girl Charlee Knit Fix fabric that I got from someone on Facebook.  I left the dress/swimsuit cover up in my in-laws camper, so it may be a bit before I get it back to take full photos of.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

We had to cut our trip a day short due to weather.  We were checking out the lodge in the Dale Hollow State Park, after we got off the boat, when the tornado sirens started going off because a tornado touched down 7 miles north of us.  We were shuffled down to the basement where we waited out the storm. The weather got pretty hinky out, which made us nervous about sleeping in our tent. We were surprised and relieved to find that our tent was still where we left it and there were only a handful of rain drops that got in, so we stuck it out for another night. The forecast for the next day was more storms, so we decided to pack up our tent that morning and head back.

All in all it was a great trip and we cannot wait to go back again.  I have only been down a few times with Eric, but he spent a lot of time down here as a kid.  This is definitely a spot we will be taking many family vacations to after we adopt.

What are some of your favorite vacation spots?

Preventative Stashbusting Maintenance

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 1804 front

I know, I know, July is my month to host the Stashbusting Sewalong theme of dresses and here I am presenting my newest maxi dress made from newly purchased fabrics.  To make matters worse, I am even parading my newest fabric purchases before the whole of the sewing community.  What kind of example am I setting for all of the sewalong participants and myself?  I am calling it preventative stashbusting maintenance.

If I buy it now and use it, it will not languish in my stash next year.  Oh, that is a thing that other sewists who don’t have stashes do on a regular basis?  But what if they see a fabric that if left in the store will cause them to drop dead right there?  You are telling me they will not really die?  I don’t believe that crazy theory and I don’t think I will test it either.

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This is my newest maxi dress using Simplicity 1804 view A.  I posted about purchasing this fabric last month and not knowing which dress to make with it, so I asked the whole of Instagram and Facebook which pattern to use Simplicity 1804 or Simplicity 1355.  The overwhelming response was Simplicity 1804.  I did use S1355 for the coral chevron maxi that I posted a couple of weeks back.  I do not think I could be happier with both of these dresses.  When you need help deciding the Sewcialist community is always there to point you in the right direction.

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 1804 back

I used all 3 yards of the wonderful chevron print ITY jersey and 3 yards of nude swimwear lining that I purchased back in June.  I also used a header/scrap of a peach colored ITY that I got from work last year.  The total cost for this dress is $32.97, making is one of the “pricier” dresses I have made.  It is worth it though as I love this dress.

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 1804 lining

One of the biggest changes I made was redrafting the front bodice, because of how last years version fit.  I kept the sleeve, shoulder and bottom the same and changed the center front seam by raising the neckline 4″ to provide more chest coverage.  Oh yeah, there is a seam in the center front of that bodice, check out my mad pattern matching skills! :)

I eliminated the facing around the neckline, since I hated that from the last time I made this, in favor of stitching a narrow hem around the sleeves and neckline.  I did, also, add an underlining to the bodice and a full loose lining to the skirt.  This chevron fabric is a bit on the lighter side and I felt like I needed a little extra weight to the dress.  I chose to use swimwear lining because it has the most similar stretch, weight, and feel as the chevron did.  I picked a nude over a white for the same reason I will always wear a nude bra,  it blends in better with my skin tones making is less noticeable.

Have you ever worn a white bra under a white shirt?  The bra will show through your white shirt almost every time.  Now go try on a nude bra with the same white shirt and it won’t show through, I promise. Go ahead, I will wait.  It doesn’t show through does it?  And that is why I choose a nude lining over a white.

You can read my full review for Simplicity 1804 on Pattern Review here.

I mentioned something earlier about parading new fabrics right?!  Well here they are.  As part of the annual summer fabric destashing at work we were given the opportunity to purchase some of it by the roll.  I paid $35 for 31 yards of fabric, about $1.12 per yard.  Not to shabby.

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Now, working in the show choir industry most of what was there was sequins and glitter.  However, there were a few fabrics that I have had my eye on for a couple of years now.  Those two floral prints to be exact.  One is in a blue colorway and one is in a purple.  From the moment I saw them I thought they would make great maxi dresses and that is exactly what I am going to make with the blue one.  The purple is just shy of 3 yards, so I think just a knee length dress for that one.  I got 2 yards of lime green milliskin tricot, which has already been cut for it’s intended purpose of being used for testing the Bombshell Swimsuit pattern, more on that another day.  Also pictured above are 12.75 yards of black Georgette and 4.5 yards of nude milliskin tricot.

Musings of a Seamstress solid sequins 1I also walked away with 5 yards of this solid sequin stunner! The base of the fabric is a 4 way stretch ITY that is covered in black sequins that have a reflective rainbow appearance when the light hits them.

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This was a hard fabric to photograph to show it off, but I did manage to get these two pictures.  I have big plans for this one that should only use two of the five yards. Big plans!  Yep that’s right, a sequined Morris Blazer!  I think this will be great for fall, providing an element of cool casual style into my work wardrobe.  I am really looking forward to sewing this blazer up within the next couple of months.

 

 

Dressing Your Body Type

Much has been written on the different body shapes for women including best clothing styles to wear.  I don’t know if I am going to provide any new groundbreaking suggestions or theories, but I hope I can help inspire someone to try a pattern or style they have never thought about before.  First, it has been said many times by many people, size is just a number and you should be dressing your shape not your size.  I fully believe this!

5 Body Shapes

Image from JJ Image Consulting

There are five basic shapes: triangle/pear, rectangle/column, oval/apple, hourglass, and inverted triangle.  I am going to briefly go over characteristics of each body type and give some examples of patterns and styles that would work best for each.

Triangle/Pear

Triangle body shapes are characterized by your smaller upper body in comparison to their wider hips. You have a well defined waistline.

Because of your smaller chest you will want to try styles that accentuate it like empires.  Things like ruffles, pleats and gathers help to enhance your chest.  Avoid dresses with a fitted skirt and instead try those with an A-line skirt.

 

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Rectangle/Column

Rectangles tend to be proportionally balanced, meaning their chest, waist and hips tend to align.  You will most likely have defined calves and balanced thighs.

You are going to want to try styles that create curves like empires with details such as ruching or pleating and basic bias cut dresses.  Also, styles with defined or structured shoulders work well and are on trend right now.  Avoid shapeless straight styles and fabrics with vertical patterns as they do not create curves on you.

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Colette Oolong

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Oval/Apple

Ovals have a wider waist than your bust and hips.  You have slim legs and a well proportioned face and neck with your bust.

Since your waist is larger try attached styles.  These will have an empire bodice with a ‘belt’ and an attached slightly fuller skirt. Wrap dresses that tie at the waist will also work well.  These will help to balance out your proportions.  Avoid slim fitting dresses as they will make your hips and legs look even smaller in comparison to your waist.

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Hourglass

Hourglass shapes have a bust and hip line that are almost identical in proportion with a smaller more defined waistline.

Attached style dresses and wraps also work well for you with well defined V-necks or scoop necklines.  Avoid cowl necks and higher cut necklines as they can create the illusion of a larger chest and shoulders than you have.  Also avoid baby-doll or all over loose fitting styles that will make you appear shapeless.

McCall’s 6922

Blue Ginger Doll – Billie Jean

 

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Inverted Triangle

Inverted triangles have narrower hips and a smaller defined waist. You have broader shoulders and a fuller bust that make you statuesque.

Wrap dresses and A-line dresses work well for you to balance out your hips with your shoulders.  Lower scoop and V-necklines will help to elongate your decolletage.  Strapless and asymmetrical styles will fit your body type too.  Avoid styles with defined shoulders or shoulder pads and slim skirts as they will increase the definition between your chest and hips.

Simplicity 2250

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There are so many more pattern options out there that would work for each type. A lot of them will work for multiple body types too.  Pattern Review is a wealth of information as well.  If you are unsure of if a pattern will work for your body, check the reviews for it on Pattern Review.  Pay attention to the body type of the reviewer.  Do they have a similar body shape to you?  How does the style look on them?  Would you be comfortable in it?  These are just a few good questions to ask yourself before cutting into your coveted stash fabrics.  Making a muslin is also a huge part of it.  If you do not like how the muslin looks on you, chances are you probably won’t like it in your stashed fabric either.

Do you dress to your body type now?  Why or why not?

July Stashbusting Sewalong: Dresses

Musings of a SeamstressHey stashbusters, this month is all about stitching up those fantastic dresses you have been planning.  I am so excited to be hosting this month!  If you are not yet familiar with the Stashbusting Sewalong, let me introduce you.  We are running a year long sewalong to curb our insatiable fabric collecting tendencies.  Each month there is a different theme to inspire you to sew up you stashed fabrics.  All themes are completely optional, so if one is not quite your thing you can sew up whatever you want that month.  As long as you are sewing through your stash you are on the right track.  You can join our group on Facebook and Flickr.Musings of a Seamstress

Personally, I am on the quest for the perfect dress to wear to a wedding I am attending in August.  I have come up with a few patterns and fabric combinations that I think would work, so I am going to make them all up this month then pick one to wear.  I also have a some posts planned out for different ways to finish dress hems, picking the best dress style for your body types, and adding your own spin on a pattern.McCall's 6073 M6073

I hope you can join along this month!  It should prove to be a great opportunity to use some of those gorgeous fabrics you have been holding onto.

Are you in?